The Bergamot fruit has ancient origins. What is the true origin of the name Bergamot still remains shrouded in mystery.
A legend tells that the Moor of Spain sold a branch of Bergamot to the Valentino lords of Reggio Calabria. It was then the noble lords who grafted the new fruit onto a bitter orange tree in their property.
The first "bergamotteto" would date back to 1750: he was the first grower of Bergamot, a certain Nicola Parisi, to plant the fruit for the first time in their cultivation.
A curiosity: if you plant a Bergamot seed, a tree of the same fruit will not be born, but one of bitter orange. Bergamot as we know it comes from a graft, which has distant origins from some natural mutation of the bitter orange.
Fruit of health and prince of citrus fruits, Bergamot grows and bears fruit along the Costa dei Gelsomini, in the province of Reggio Calabria. Its cultivation is somewhat limited to this area: it is alone in this narrow strip of land in the heart of Magna Graecia, Indeed, that the ideal conditions are created for the production of this fruit.
Bergamot has renowned properties:
E’ rich in vitamins;
E’ rich in antioxidants;
It has energizing properties;
It has toning properties;
fights the’ halitosis;
Strengthens the immune system.
Its juice can be drunk, diluted with water; it is used in the kitchen to make delicious jams and flavored EVO oil, to season your salads or fish dishes.